Well, today is it. Â Movember has come to a close. Â For those that haven’t been playing along at home, Like tens of thousands of others, I pledged to not shave my mustache for the Month of November in an awareness campaign of Men’s issues, most notably Prostate Cancer, but also Testicular Cancer, and in more recent years added Mental Health and Physical Health issues as well.
MovemberÂ started in Australia as a conversation between friends in 2003, and now has funded more than 800 programs in 21 countries. To date, more than four million mustaches have been grown and $559 million has been raised.
For 30 days I have tried to be a billboard for the cause. Â And it has, to some degree worked, as conversations about my mustache have lead to several discussions and informational sessions on the issues of Men’s Health.
If you take nothing else away from this, please remember, that the one fortunate thing about Prostate Cancer, is that, when detected early, is VERY treatable. Â However, the problem is that by the time symptoms begin to develop, it is no longer “early” in the process. Â And while this is a touchy subject for some, proper screening on a regular basis may just save your life.
Now, the only question left is… Should the ‘stache stay or should it go?